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After all these years, Paul Simon to play in Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Paul Simon, the creative mind behind the popular duo Simon & Garfunkel will give a live concert in Taipei for the first time in an illustrious career that has spanned half a century.

The 71-year-old Simon will perform at the Taipei International Convention Center on March 20, the concert's promoter, Very Aspect Culture Group, said Monday.

The promoter said it succeeded in inviting the legendary singer-songwriter to perform in Taipei only after making persistent efforts over a long period of time to get him here.

Simon is best known for his collaboration with Art Garfunkel that blossomed in the 1960s and then for a long solo career that peaked with the album "Still Crazy After All These Years" and the 1986 hit album "Graceland."

Simon began his music career in high school and he and Garfunkel produced a single as seniors in 1957 called "Hey, Schoolgirl" that made the U.S. Billboard chart's top 100.

During their time as a duo, they had three No. 1 singles — "The Sound of Silence," "Mrs. Robinson," and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" — and saw their popularity hit a new high when their music was featured on the soundtrack of box-office smash "The Graduate" in 1967.

The duo, famed for their vocal harmonies, split up in 1970 over personal discord and artistic disagreements, and Simon began a successful solo career as a guitarist and singer-songwriter.

"Still Crazy After All These Years," released in October 1975, became Simon's first No. 1 solo album, but his career fell somewhat flat after that until he found inspiration in new musical styles, an inspiration that gained expression when he went to South Africa in the mid-1980s.

The result was the groundbreaking "Graceland," which generated three hit singles, a five-year tour, two Grammy awards and sales of 14 million copies.

Simon has earned 12 Grammys for his solo and collaborative work during his career, including a Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was selected as one of the "100 People Who Shaped the World" by Time magazine in 2006.

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